Power is the Chair of the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission, a body supposed to guide our economic recovery. Instead, the Morrison Government stacked it with gas and mining executives, recommending billions for polluting gas projects that line their own pockets.1
Power himself has $2.4 million in gas company stock and options for $2.1 million more if the price shoots up. 2 It's an unconscionable conflict of interest the public will never stomach — if they knew about it.
That's why we're launching a public campaign calling out this 'Crony Commission' — with a big ad campaign and new polling to show that gas handouts are bad politics. If we close the door on these gas rorts, we open the way to a renewables led recovery, with more jobs and cleaner, more affordable energy for all.
It all starts this Thursday, when Nev Power appears before a critical Senate Committee, greeted with a large billboard at Parliament House. So we have to act fast.
Can you chip in $12 to help stop billions in gas rorts from killing a renewables led recovery.
Methane emissions from gas production are 84 times more damaging to our climate than carbon pollution.3 Put simply, more gas means worsening storms, floods and bushfires, faster destruction of our Reef and species extinction.
Public handouts to gas are the fossil fuel industry's last attempt to thwart the renewables revolution we need. An international study showed renewables projects are where the immediate jobs are, along with a clean energy future.4
Any legitimate Covid Commission would understand that. But Scott Morrison stacked the Commission in favour of gas from the outset. Fortunately, people hate public handouts to dirty energy and they hate the misuse of public funds, just like the 'sports rorts' scandal.
So to stop these gas rorts in their tracks, we need to call it out through new polling and a big advertising campaign – starting this Thursday in Canberra.
Chip in $12 to rally public opinion against these unconscionable gas rorts, while there's still time.
When we launched a public campaign against a $1 billion public handout for Adani, we put a stop to it. We can put a stop to gas rorts too, if enough of us chip in today for our new campaign, we can:
- Fight the Power. When the Senate spotlight hits Nev Power this Thursday as he appears before a public inquiry to explain himself, we'll be there with a large mobile billboard calling out his appalling conflict of interest.
- More Billboards. The advertising market is down, which means we can get good placements on billboards in major cities, including Morrison and Energy Minister Taylor's own electorates, calling out this 'gas rorts' scandal. If we publicly discredit the Commission's recommendations, we can stop the gas handouts.
- New Polling. We'll show the Morrison Government how crony commissions and public handouts for gas companies are bad politics – and how people want renewables to lead the way.
Chip in to help stop billions in gas rorts from standing in the way of a renewables led recovery.
Thanks for speaking out,
Larissa, Amy and Nicole for the GetUp team.
PS - Nev Power effectively admitted his conflict of interest when he stepped back from his position as Deputy Chairman of Strike Energy (a gas company that stands to benefit from a new pipeline). But he only stepped back after the Commission formed its recommendations. And he still has $4 million in stock interests. Chip in to stop public money for gas rorts.
 Coronavirus economic recovery committee looks set to push Australia towards gas-fired future, ABC News, 13 May 2020
 "Covid commission boss Nev Power steps back at gas company amid conflict of interest concerns", The Guardian, 23 May 2020
 'Methane: The other important greenhouse gas', The Environmental Defence Fund, EDF calculation based on IPCC AR5 WGI Chapter 8.
 "Renewable energy projects create jobs, save money, say top economists", The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 May 2020.